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Frozen style and strong emotions of panic and separation: Trier's prologues to Antichrist and Melancholia

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This article analyses the aesthetics of two Trier prologues using cognitive psychology. It focuses on how the films evoke anxiety and panic, and how the panic is contained by means of providing visual and musical aesthetic order to the dynamic emotional forces; by providing ambiguous reality indicators; and by cueing sublime submission to fate.

Keywords: Antichrist; Lars von Trier; Melancholia; cognitive film analysis; film aesthetics; obsessive–compulsive disorder

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of Copenhagen

Publication date: January 31, 2012

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